The Machame route, also known as the Whisky Route is one of the most scenic and recommended routes on Kilimanjaro. This popular route with paths through magnificent forests to gain a ridge leading through the moorland zones to the Shira Plateau. It then traverses beneath the glaciated precipices of the Southern Ice fields to join the Barafu Route to the summit. Because it can be done over longer periods and the incline is more manageable it has a much higher success rate of summit.
Day 1: Arrival Day and Welcome to Tanzania
Your first night is to be spent at Masailand Safari Lodge in Arusha. Our driver will be waiting to meet and welcome you and take you to your lodge in Arusha to relax after your flight.
Day 2: Arusha to Machame Gate to Machame Campsite
Elevation: 1800 to 2835, Distance: 11km, Hiking Time: 5-7 hours, Habitat: Montana forest
After breakfast we drive from the hotel to Machame gate(2hours). Here you will do the required registration procedures then you will start the trek through the rainforest to Machame camp where you will find the tents are already setup for you. Dinner and overnight at the Machame campsite.
Day 3: Machame Camp to Shira Camp
Elevetion: 2835m to 3750m, Distance: 5km, Hiking Time: 4-6 hours, Habitat: Moorland
After breakfast leave the glades of rainforest and continue ascending by crossing little valleys and steep rocky ridge covering with heather plants to the western side of the mountain where the camp is situated. At this camp you will able get the spectacular views of Mount Meru, Shira Plateau, Kibo Peak and sunset. Then dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Shira Camp to Barranco Camp
Elevation: 3750m to 3900m, Distance: 10km, Hiking time: 5-7, Habitat: Moorland
This long and important acclimatization day, so you will be having an early breakfast then continue trekking east to a junction leading to Lava tower rock 4600m for acclimatization. Afterwards you will continue down to Barranco camp. The camp location is in bottom valley of Barranco wall where you will stop for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Barranco Campsite to Karanga Campsite
Elevation: 3900m to 3995m, Distance: 6km, Hiking Time: 4-5 hours, Habitat: Moorland
Today is short day walk. In the morning you will start climbing Barranco wall and reach 4150m for acclimatization and continue crossing ridges and valleys to Karanga campsite for lunch. After lunch you will have a bit of rest and get acclimatization by trekking up the scree slopes towards the southern ice field. You will then return to the camp for supper and overnight.
Day 6: Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp
Elevation: 3995m to 4675m, Distance: 4km, Hiking Time: 3- 4 hours, Habitat: Alpine Desert
On this day, the trek up to the Barafu ridge campsite is tough because of altitude. The walk takes few hours because of the short distance but is steep needing a slow pace to avoid fatigue. You will trek across an alpine desert. Chances are that a strong, cold wind will be blowing from Kibo peak and its ice. You will have an early dinner at 1700hrs then rest until midnight when you will attack the summit.
Day 7: Barafu Camp to Uhuru Campsite the Mweka Camp
Elevation: 4675m to 5895m to 3100m, Distance: 5km up and 12km down, Hiking Time: 5-7 up, 5 – 6 hours down, Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit
Wake at midnight to a light breakfast and then prepare for your summit ascent. The goal is to climb before dawn so that can reach Uhuru peak shortly before or after sunrise. The trail is a series of switchbacks up steep scree or possibly snow, and reaches Stella point on the crater rim at 5756m between 4 and 5 am. At this point you will be having the views of the fabled crater and its glaciers facing you. Then after one hour of hiking along the Kibo Crater rim near the celebrate snows takes you to Kilimanjaro true summit, Uhuru peak. Here you will spend some times for taking photo’s but it will depend on how you feel. After you are summit activities done, you will descend back to the Barafu campsite, for lunch and rest, then you will collect your equipment and continue down through moorland and heath zone to Mweka campsite. Dinner and overnight at Mweka campsite.
Day 8: Mweka campsite to Mweka gate to Arusha
Elevaton: 3100m to 1646m, Distance: 10km down, Time 3-4 hours’ descent, Habitat: Forest
Today is your last day on the mountain. After breakfast you will descend down to Mweka park gate walking across Montana forest. This descent will take 3 -4 hours. At Mweka gate you sign your name and details in a register. This is also where successful climbers receive their summit certificates. Those climbers who reached Stella Point (5756m) are issued with green certificates and those who reached Uhuru Peak (5895m) receive gold certificates.
From the Mweka Gate you will continue down into the Mweka village where you will be served a delicious hot lunch!! After lunch you drive back to Arusha for a long overdue hot shower, dinner and celebrations!!(2 to 3 hours)
Day 9: Departure – Kilimanjaro International Airport
Today we will transfer you to Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will greet your farewells to Tanzania and its people.
Price per Person
|9 Days Machame||$2,350||$1,920||$1,870||$1,750||$1,700||$1,640|
What Gear Do I Need to Bring?
Below is the equipment that you need to bring as your personal kit for the climb.
1 – Waterproof Jacket, breathable with hood
1 – Insulated Jacket, synthetic or down
1 – Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
2 – Long Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Short Sleeve Shirt, light-weight, moisture-wicking fabric
1 – Waterproof Pants, breathable (side-zipper recommended)
2 – Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
1 – Fleece Pants
1 – Shorts (optional)
1 – Long Underwear (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
3 – Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
2 – Sport Bra (women) Headwear
1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection
1 – Knit Hat, for warmth
1 – Balaclava, for face coverage (optional)
1 – Bandana (optional) Hand wear
1 – Gloves, warm (waterproof recommended)
1 – Glove Liners, thin, synthetic, worn under gloves for added warmth (optional)Other
Insect Repellent, containing DEET
First Aid Kit
Wet Wipes (recommended)
Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional)
Pencil and Notebook, miniature, for trip log (optional)
Camera, with extra batteries (optional)
1 – Hiking Boots, warm, waterproof, broken-in, with spare laces
1 – Gym Shoes, to wear at camp (optional)
3 – Socks, thick, wool or synthetic
3 – Sock Liners, tight, thin, synthetic, worn under socks to prevent blisters (optional)
1 – Gaiters, waterproof (optional) Accessories
1 – Sunglasses or Goggles
1 – Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
1 – Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
1 – Water Bottle (Nalgene, 32 oz. recommended)
1 – Water Bladder, Camelback type (recommended)
1 – Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
Stuff Sacks or Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate
NOTE: If you do not have any among the gears/equipment mentioned in the list above then you can hire them from Hiring stores in Moshi-Tanzania under our assistant to avoid inapplicable higher charges.
What are the Gear that will be provided with Us?
Should I Get a Medical Check Up?
All climbers should have a medical check prior to attempting the mountain. Ask your doctor if high altitude trekking is permissible for your age, fitness level and health condition. Ask if you have any preexisting medical conditions that can cause problems on the climb. Ask if any of your medications can affect altitude acclimatization. Ask whether Diamox can be taken with your existing prescription medicines. Such medical issues include but are not limited to: spine problems; circulation problems; internal problems such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, intestinal or kidney problems; respiratory issues such as asthma; high or low blood pressure; head trauma or injury; heart conditions; blood disease; hearing or vision impairment; cancer; seizure disorders; joint dislocations; sprains; hernia.
What Vaccinations, Immunizations and Medications Do I Need?
Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications
The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the parasite. Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. All travelers to East Africa, including infants, children, and former residents of East Africa, may be at risk for malaria. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting yourself against mosquito bites.
All travelers should take one of the following drugs:
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania. Kenya and Uganda when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present.
Do I Need Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.
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